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217 Today: Decrease in agricultural research funding could affect food security

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Today’s headlines:

  • The new year means many of Illinois’ minimum wage workers got a raise.
  • The Illinois Supreme Court has halted the abolition of the cash bail system in the state.
  • Before you get rid of your fresh-cut Christmas tree, you may want to donate it to a farm in White Heath.
  • The Fighting Illini football team fell to Mississippi State on Monday in the ReliaQuest Bowl 19-10.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll look at the decline in funding for agricultural research and some possible consequences.

217 Today is produced by Sydney Wood. Reporting today contributed by Alex Degman, Katie O’Connell, Reginald Hardwick and Dana Cronin.

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Sydney Wood

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Severe storms possible Thursday evening and overnight

From the National Weather Service in Central Illinois: A line of t’storms will affect the area late Thursday afternoon into the overnight hours. Some severe storms are in the forecast, with damaging wind gusts and large hail. Stay weather aware and be ready to take shelter when storms approach.